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Solent Sea Bass with Isle of Wight tomatoes in a brick oven

I think living on the south coast of England we are rather spoiled with our options of local food. Up in the downs is the Goodwood Estate, where you can dine at the newly launched Farmer, Butcher, Chef restaurant eating a meal which has been entirely reared on the farm and down closer to the sea, you can have lunch fresh from the harbour. Of course if you want to prepare your own dishes there are some great local suppliers on the Sussex/Hampshire border that you can buy from too, here are a few of my favourites…

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Two of my favourite natural & artificial light photos #LetThereBeLight

One of the first things you learn in photography is the importance of light. Most of us know that photography literally means “drawing with light”, but for many people (me included) it takes a really long time to actually get to understand how to see light and use it to its best.

After all there’s not just one kind of light! For the first few years when I had a DSLR I didn’t see light unless it was shouting at me. I was so focused on things like composure and framing that I missed light totally, but over the years as those other things become second nature, I’ve started to see it more.

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Love Fibres collaboration

Love Fibres collaboration

by Clare Mansell

Knitting is a craft I’ve never tried to embrace, as I know I lack the patience (and probably the skill too) to put in the hours to see a project through, but I’ve always admired those who can knit and when I was introduced to Julie of Love Fibres via Instagram, I couldn’t resist the opportunity for a collaboration.

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Home Life Project – January

Home Life Project – January

by Clare Mansell

The first Home Life Project of the year is brought to you in association with….. my sister’s spare DSLR!! Yes, 3 months on and my camera is still being repaired! Thank heavens my sister still hasn’t sold the D7000 she upgraded from, I have been a very grateful user of it!

After putting together the short video of my best photos from last year’s Home Life Project, I decided that the one thing I really needed to improve on this year was getting myself in the picture more often. I have so many lovely unscripted moments of the children with their Daddy and very few of me. Of course it’s a little bit of an uphill struggle as Jim is rather reluctant to be the one taking the photos, but a little bit of pleading really paid off for the first weekend of the year…. Lets hope we can continue it!

The photos I took were shot yesterday. We started as we so often do on a sunny Sunday morning with a walk at West Wittering and then spent the rest of the day at home. I’m sure like most people we are all enjoying being out in the fresh air again after so much miserable weather over the Christmas break.

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Home Life Project is back for 2018

Home Life Project is back for 2018

by Clare Mansell

This weekend I start a third year of the Home Life Project. Throughout 2017 I thought long and hard about whether I’d continue this year, but ultimately decided I just couldn’t leave it behind. I do it because it acts as a motivator for me to record my own homelife once a month and because recording every day unscripted moments is something I feel passionate about.

I’m useless at promoting it and I don’t run it as a linky to drive traffic, solicit comments or make friends, but because I hope out there somewhere on the internet are other people like me who want an excuse to take photos every month and a way to share them.

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